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In InDesign CS4 Power Shortcuts, Adobe product manager and designer Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every InDesign user must know. From placing multiple images to the hidden power of Quick Apply, each one of these videos covers an important topic, and includes just the right amount of information to make anyone a true InDesign power user. InDesign users are always looking for faster, more efficient ways to do everything, and this course offers just what they're looking for. Exercise files accompany the course.
One of my favorite aspects of the docked panel interface, if that's what you want to call it, is the fact you can have more than one panel dock. So here on the right hand side, I have a single panel dock, full of all the primary panels I use all the time, and I've got this other panel here just floating in space here, getting in the way of my artwork. What I want to do is create a secondary panel, where I don't necessarily want to see the panels expanded all the time, but I want them to be one click away without having to remember the keyboard shortcut to open it, or have to navigate to the Window menu. So I am going to grab the Bookmarks panel that I have here floating, and I am going to grab its tab and drag it to the left edge of this panel dock, and you see I get a little blue vertical hit zone or drop zone.
If I were to let go here, that creates a second panel dock. Now I can have other panel also here. So maybe I want Hyperlinks to be there. So let's go to Window > Interactive > Hyperlinks and we will drag its tab down to the bottom of the secondary dock and we will basically split this panel dock in two. Now I don't want to have this opened all the time, so I am going to go ahead and collapse the second dock down to just their icons. If you're trying to follow along, you may have collapsed it down to this view, where its iconic plus label. You just grab the left-hand side here of that secondary panel dock and just drag it to the right until it collapses just to icons.
So now I have very little screen real estate being used in terms of the width to stash my secondary panels. And I might actually have quite a few more secondary panels here that are just one click away. I click on the Bookmarks icon there, and I get this opened as a drawer. I find this very effective especially when I'm on a much smaller laptop. I often travel with a MacBook Air and that has a very small screen, so I create these panel docks where a lot of the panels that I don't just want have floating around on my screen are in the secondary dock, just collapsed down to an icon. So very efficient ways to manage your panels by utilizing more than one panel dock.
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